September 18, 2016

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MARTIN, Tenn. - In its last non-conference tune-up of the season, the University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team dropped a 5-0 decision to American Athletic Conference powerhouse Memphis.

The game opened up with the Tigers maintaining the bulk of the possession and pressuring the Skyhawk defenders in their own end. UT Martin withstood the early pressure applied by Memphis as sophomore goalkeeper Maya Jamison stopped the first four shots she faced.

It was not until the 27th minute that Memphis was able to breakthrough as a Tiger midfielder set up Marie Levasseor with a breakaway pass. After collecting the ball, Levasseor was able to beat an outstretched Jamison in the bottom right corner to give Memphis the 1-0 lead.

UT Martin responded with chances from sophomore Shannon Grattan and senior Saphyra-Coombs James, but ultimately were unable to beat Tiger goalkeeper Maryse Martel-Bard. Grattan almost found the mark on a free kick from 45 yards out that narrowly missed the top left corner. Coombs-James strike came directly from the center of the pitch but was stopped by a jumping Martel-Bard. Memphis tacked on one more goal to take a 2-0 lead into the half. Jamison stopped five of the seven shots she faced in the period.

Memphis was able to capitalize on their chances in the second half as well scoring three goals and outshooting the Skyhawks 18-4. Sophomore MaKenzie Crawford came on in relief for the second half and was able to stop five Tiger shots. Coombs-James led the Skyhawks with three shots, while Grattan finished with two. Maggie Burkett and Rebecca Starnes each recorded a shot in the loss.

UT Martin will now turn its attention to conference play as they open up their OVC schedule next Friday, Sept. 23., when they travel to SIUE. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. 

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